March 27, 2008 (Quebec City, QC) — Canadian rider, Charles Dionne (Successful Living), is recovering well after elbow surgery last Tuesday reports Media Matin. Dionne is already training on a stationary bike and hopes to be back on the pavement by June. All this follows a bad fall at the Sequoia Cycling Classic on March 16. The 29-year-old cyclist is hoping that this will not compromise his chances of riding at the 2008 Games in Beijing in August.
Depending on what Dionne’s doctor tells him April 4, the cyclist is planning to compete in the three one-day races in Pennsylvania (Lancaster, Reading, and Philadelphia) from June 3-8 and at the Tour de Beauce June 10-16. But he now discounts being able to race the Tour de Georgia from April 21-27.
According to Dionne a rider in front of him went down at the Sequoia Classic and it was impossible to avoid the mess. The worst thing, he said, was getting up and having to finish 20 laps with an injured right elbow. He flew back to Quebec City for the operation at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Levis.
Louis Barbeau, Director of the Quebec cycling federation (FQSC) is quoted as saying that Dionne is still very much in the running for one of the three possible spots on the Canadian men’s road team for Beijing.
Other top cyclists in the running are Michael Barry (High Road), Ryder Hesjedal (Slipstream Chipotle, Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United) and Svein Tuft (Symmetrics). The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) will make its selection based in part on results at the Pennsylvania races and the Tour de Beauce.
To read more (in French) click here.